Plastic Bag Ban,”Ensure Smooth Transitioning for Small Businesses”

temple obike speaks on bill against nylon bags
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Source: Temple Obike

The house of representatives on Tuesday passed a bill banning plastic bags in the country. We appreciate a cleaner environment, freer water-ways and animals without plastic bags in their ducts. However, plastic bags have always been a ubiquitous feature of Nigerian life. I thought a level of public consultation was required for passing such laws to ensure a smooth transition through the ban to implementation of this bill. Banning plastic bags is a big win, but it’s just the beginning as it involves a lot and if not properly handled, could mis-fire. Ask Kenya and South Africa, two countries who i know are attemtping to solve this riddle. More investments will have to go into waste management if Nigeria is to be guaranteed a healthier environment.

On the downside, we should expect knock-on effects on businesses, consumers and even jobs. How many would loose their jobs? What are the overheads for an average struggling satchet water company moving from the use of plastic bags to plastic bottles(which may be banned next)? This entire “ex post facto law” approach without prior plans needs to be looked into. One day you have a decent job , the next you and your entire firm have become fugitives who operate outside of the law. When the case gets extreme, you loose your job. Crime is on the increase, Youth joblessness is at an all-time alarming high and yet these laws keep coming?

Amazing ideas come, the government like a reckless lover turns us all on and then at the point of conclusion leaves everyone hanging.

To entrepreneurs and business elites, an opportunity beckons but i daresay that we need to remove ourselves from a perspective for once and get a spherical view of this situations that keep coming and what it’s ramifications hold for our country. People with access to the corridors of power need to start speaking about certain things because one day, this fat chicken that the government and certain factions have been feeding will come home to roost & that day might just be easter.

Nigeria we hail thee! goodness grief! #plasticbags #reusable


Post by Temple Obike

With over 13 years of active business experience, he is the literal definition of “The Verb”. Temple has been able to create value across Media, ICT, Marketing and Advertising. He owns a creative agency, media company, digital marketing and IT companies where he’s built solutions. As a business writer and author, he enjoys constructive editorials.

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